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Heraclitus

Heraclitus (c. 540-480 BCE) "This world-order (kosmos) was made neither by god nor by man, but it was always and is and shall be; fire...

Count Eulalius Of Clermont-Ferrand And The Tale Of His Murderous Deeds

In the 6th century, there lived a man named Eulalius who ruled as a count over the Frankish-controlled region of Clermont-Ferrand. Although he was...

The Crusader Invasion Of Constantinople, By Vasilios Chatzis (c. 1870–1915)

This painting, by the Greek artist Vasilios Chatzis (c. 1870–1915), recalls the awkward Fourth Crusade, when Christians crusaded against Christians. This bizarre series of...

The Story Of The Berber Queen, Kahina

In the late 7th century, there thrived a powerful Berber woman named Kahina. Also known as, Kāhinah, al-Kahina, Dahlia, Daya, Dihya al-Kahina or Dahia-al-Kahina,...

The Malleus Maleficarum

The Malleus Maleficarum (published in 1487 by Heinrich Kramer and James Sprenger) "If we ignore, we find that nearly all the kingdoms of the world have...

The Mysterious Death Of Prince Theodore Of Constantinople

Emperor Constans II of Constantinople (641-668/669), according to the historical tradition of his reign, was accused of murdering his own brother, Theodore, around the...

Al-Ghazālī

Al-Ghazālī (c. 1058-1111) "The sensory world is a ladder to the rational world, for, if there were no connection and relationship between the two, the...

Alexander Hamilton

Alexander Hamilton (c. 1755/1757-1804) "Ambition, avarice, personal animosity, party opposition, and many other motives not more laudable than these, are apt to operate as well...

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The Story Of The Berber Queen, Kahina

In the late 7th century, there thrived a powerful Berber woman named Kahina. Also known as, Kāhinah, al-Kahina, Dahlia, Daya, Dihya al-Kahina or Dahia-al-Kahina,...

Samson And Delilah, By Gerrit Van Honthorst (c. 1590-1656)

This painting, by the Dutch artist Gerrit van Honthorst (c. 1590-1656), was inspired by the Biblical story of Samson and Delilah. The first of...

The Myth Of Ixion Murdering His Father-In-Law Over A Horse Dispute

Ixion was a particularly unscrupulous and conniving figure from the tales of ancient Greek mythology. Although he was most famous for stories involving him...

A Forest With Apollo And Daphne, by Jean-Victor Bertin (c. 1767-1842)

This heavily-wooded landscape painting, by the French artist Jean-Victor Bertin (c. 1767-1842), alludes to the sad myth of Apollo and Daphne. In the dimly...

Jonathan Swift

Jonathan Swift (c. 1667-1745) "Poor nations are hungry, and rich nations are proud; and pride and hunger will ever be at variance." Gulliver’s Travels (Voyage...

The Awkward Banquet Of Thorir Olvirsson

Thorir Olvirsson was an up-and-coming, youthful 11th-century Norwegian nobleman who cultivated a lot of good will with the people living in the regions around...

The Bizarre Tale Of The Enchanted Golden Mosque Near the Aral Sea

  The 12th-century traveler, Abū Hāmid, in his Exposition of Some of the Wonders of the West, claimed that a bizarre structure could be found about...

Nero

  Nero (r. 54-68) "A simple craft will keep a man from want." The Twelve Caesars (Nero, section 40) by Suetonius, translated by Robert Graves and...
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Heraclitus

Alexander And Porus, By François Le Moyne (c. 1688 – 1737)

This artwork, created by François Le Moyne (c. 1688 - 1737), was inspired by a battle won by Alexander the Great (r. 336-323 BCE)...

Euripides

Euripides (c. 485-406 BCE) "All of our human life is full of pain and there is no rest from toil." From Euripides’ Hippolytus (approximately line 190),...

The Myth Of Ixion Murdering His Father-In-Law Over A Horse Dispute

Ixion was a particularly unscrupulous and conniving figure from the tales of ancient Greek mythology. Although he was most famous for stories involving him...

Emperor Nero Allegedly Murdered His Step-Brother

Infamous Emperor Nero (r. 54-68) was the adopted son and heir of Emperor Claudius (r. 41-54). Although Nero, indeed, succeeded Claudius as emperor of...

The Death of Procris, By Benjamin West (c. 1738-1820)

Benjamin West (c. 1738-1820), an artist who was born in Britain’s North American colonies but lived in England before and after the American Revolution,...

Livy

Livy (c. 59 BCE-17 CE) "Only make a show of war and you will have peace. Let them only see you prepared for violent action...

The Brotherly Drama Between Finn And Kalf Arnason At The Battle Of Stiklestad

In 1028, King Olaf II of Norway was forced to flee from his kingdom due to a brilliant campaign of diplomacy and military pressure...

Sketch For The Battle Of Poitiers, By Eugène Delacroix (c. 1798-1863)

This artwork, by the French artist Eugène Delacroix (c. 1798-1863), was created as he visualized and practiced for a painting that he would produce...

William Shakespeare

William Shakespeare (c. 1564 – 1616) "Cupid is a knavish lad, Thus to make poor females mad." From William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Act...
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Count Eulalius Of Clermont-Ferrand And The Tale Of His Murderous Deeds

In the 6th century, there lived a man named Eulalius who ruled as a count over the Frankish-controlled region of Clermont-Ferrand. Although he was...

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Heraclitus

Heraclitus (c. 540-480 BCE) "This world-order (kosmos) was made neither by god nor by man, but it was always and is and shall be; fire...

The Story Of The Berber Queen, Kahina

In the late 7th century, there thrived a powerful Berber woman named Kahina. Also known as, Kāhinah, al-Kahina, Dahlia, Daya, Dihya al-Kahina or Dahia-al-Kahina,...

Samson And Delilah, By Gerrit Van Honthorst (c. 1590-1656)

This painting, by the Dutch artist Gerrit van Honthorst (c. 1590-1656), was inspired by the Biblical story of Samson and Delilah. The first of...

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Privernum, an Italian city-state, waged war against the Roman Republic between 330-329 BCE. Fighting in conjunction with their ally, Fundi, the Privernum-Fundi alliance began...

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This artwork, created by François Le Moyne (c. 1688 - 1737), was inspired by a battle won by Alexander the Great (r. 336-323 BCE)...

Euripides

Euripides (c. 485-406 BCE) "All of our human life is full of pain and there is no rest from toil." From Euripides’ Hippolytus (approximately line 190),...

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Ixion was a particularly unscrupulous and conniving figure from the tales of ancient Greek mythology. Although he was most famous for stories involving him...

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